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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,202
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 191
Gots: 340 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at Pizza Pardiso Dupont DC.

Gorgeous white rock head off the pour, and giant clumps of retention and white foam. Gorgeous orb of lemon shine body, slightly cloudy with rising carbs. This beer just glows it looks amazing.

Bouquet is a sense of crisp gas and muted lemon with a hint of some sort of grain husk coming off. Refreshing and solid.

Taste is some sort of grain and yeast at first but so nicely balanced and refreshing. I hate to keep repeating that word "refreshing" but that's all I keep thinking about when I drink this. Fantastic white soda bread feel on finish, hints of sweetness and honey blossom.

Overall it's just another satisfying tripel to be had.

smakawhat, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Creamy and hazy gold with a large white cream colored head. Decent amount of lacing left over.

S - Variety of sweet smells, including lots of fruits (peaches, apple, pear, mango, apricot, lemon). Also some honey and some sweet malts. These are paired with some spices (clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom). Belgian yeast too.

T - Similar to the smell. Fairly sweet with lots of fruit and a decent amount of honey. Fair amount of malt. This is contrasted with the spices and a bit of alcohol heat coming through. This prevents it from being too sweet.

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite creamy. Fairly warming too.

D - Not the most drinkable, with the sweet/spice/alcohol it isn't the most drinkable, and definitely is meant to be sipped. However it is one that I will drink again.

Notes: Good mix of sweet and creamy with some spice and alcohol to cut it. Really nice beer.

FreshHawk, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 22 April 2010. 750 ml poured into Ommegang chalice.

Nice pop of the cork with ample, quickly-rising carbonation from crystal-clear lemon & orange zest/honey colored body to tight, bubbly meringue-ish thin white head that becomes sparse.

Very strong orange zest with powerful bitter hop profile...mostly sour pine, but a little floral too. Grains-stewed, boiled barley and wheat are bountiful with solid yeast profile.

Big ester presence (banana, melon-cantaloupe?!) and a little vanilla and maybe Muscat grapes. All that balanced by strong malt and bright wheat presence...and maybe a little oak? For something so clean this is packed with flavor. Carbonation balances sweetness well-this is great stuff.

Rolls down the palate (maybe slithers) leaving a tingly vidcous trail. Clean but powerful-slight citrus tang with banana sweetness and tone balancing slight alcohol burn.

This is quite complex and could be heavy from alcohol and sweetness if the citrus notes didn't help it drink so clean. There's some heft to this but it's extremely enjoyable in true moderation.

IBUnit63, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this slowly and my glass was half head in no time. There’s a torrent of champagne bubbles roaring up from the bottom now sustaining the foam rubber textured egg shell white head that leaves a thick wall of foam on the side of my glass too thick to be called lacing. Perhaps matting? The color is golden straw. Heavy spicy yeast in the nose with some wheat, some sourness, and a touch of alcohol. There’s also a slight bit of banana and bubble gum. The flavor is very dynamic. Starts out a bland wheat flavor, but an explosion of the carbonation releases the yeasty spices and the latent sweetness. The mouth feel is slightly thick and is about as carbonated as a beer can get with out being annoying. It leaves the palate numb and tingling, awaiting the next sip. This is a very nice beer and an absolute pleasure to sip.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of kimcgolf
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a hazy golden-orange, with lots of carbonation that almost poured over the top of the glass. Snow-white head was thick and pillowy, and lingered through the entire drink, and reduced to excellent lacing up and down the glass. Aroma was a very pleasant blend of floral hops and spices, mostly clove and corriander. Taste was more of the same spices and floral hops, reminded me a lot of Duvel at this stage. Very long smooth finish topped this beer off. The only thing I noticed was that the alcohol became a little to evident at late glass, and I would recommend not letting the beer warm all the way. But a most delicious beer.

kimcgolf, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had three great Tripels lately: Schlafly, Tiger Tripel (Nogne), and Watou. This one ranks right up with them. Pours a dull hazy gold color with a big white delicate head full of tiny bubbles. 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Head retention is good for a high octane tripel. The head dies down to a long lasting light covering of the top of the glass. A bit of delicate lacing.

Smell is very good. Fruit (apples and pears), belgian yeast and candi sugar...just right!!!

Taste matches the aroma. Rich fruit flavor, yeast provides almost a "cheese" aspect and some sweetness. This beer hits all the best aspects of a Tripel. Not much in the way of hops flavor

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Any alcohol presence is warming not harsh or a turn-off.

Dangerously drinkable. To me, a good Tripel tempts you to gulp rather than sip even though you know better. THis one goes down very easy.

JayQue, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Intrinsic
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet couldn't possibly look any better. You can just tell its going to be a great beer when pouring. It produces a head thick enough to cut with a knife, with loads of carbonation bubbling up through a mostly clear golden straw coloured body.

The smell has lots to offer. Light citrus, fresh fruit, yeast, and bready malts all come together very well in this tripel. No trace of alcohol at all, which surely means I won't taste it either...

My god is this ever good. Sweet malts start off followed by a strong, unexpected alcohol blast in the middle. It ends with a great balance to the beginning - wonderful hop flavour that will satisfy your cravings but won't scare off those who don't like bitter beers.

Tripel Karmeliet is very dry, very smooth, and very carbonated. Swishing around the mouth really brings out the alcohol, but its just the right amount. I could drink this beer over and over again. I really wasn't expecting anything like this.

Intrinsic, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of mzwolinski
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice-looking right from the bottle, with a hazy orange/peach color and a medium-thin white head. Good lace. Aroma is largely tropical fruit with a hint of yeast. The flavor is quite full, with a big, well-rounded fruit flavor, and just a hint of vanilla and banana in the end. A very nice tripel, which stood up to the pizza I ate it with and would do quite nicely on its own.

mzwolinski, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy bright yellow body with a huge fluffy white head.

s: Honey, floral notes, earthy yeast.

t: Sweetness from the candy sugar, then some pepper notes. Some fruit, clovey phenols, a wide variety of flavors melded together so no particular flavor stands out.

m: Carbonation pairs perfectly with a syrupy body and a dry finish.

d: Every last detail is attended to, a well executed tripel. Tripel Karmeliet is a quintessential version of the style. Why did it take so damn long for me to try this? I'm putting this one on the top of the list of my favorite tripels. A must try for Belgian beer fans.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McGraff's Pub in Harrisburg, Pa. Served as a hazy medium amber colored beverage with moderate white head. Smell is a tantalizing mixture of citrus (lemon) scents combined with bananas and yeast. Taste is extraordinary, being a bit sweeter than other beers of this style, but very pleasant. Good combination of bananas, spices, and other fruits. Nice pleasant finish, with the extra sweetness leaving a nice taste. Very easy to drink and extremely enjoyable.

tgbljb, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber/orangy color, nice carbonation, nice creamy off-white head, nice lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, slight hops, yeast, spices, and pears/apple, grapes. The taste is slightly tangy/malty, nice not overly spicy. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, one of the bes I've had to date.

Wasatch, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Premo88
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

25.9 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(13-06-15 printed on bottom; June 13, 2015 expiration date)

L: now THAT's a head! this thing was foaming up almost through the top of the bottle as soon as I opened it ... massive head, almost the entire glass, white foam that's thick and sticky; brew is bright yellow-orange, maybe a pale gold ... a bit hazy, not 100% clear, but it's mostly clear. no red in it at all.

S: sour grapes, some banana, a little sweetness ... white wine

T: loads of sweetness, fruity like a dubbel, but there's an immediate difference: HOPS! not a ton or any kind of crazy hop-bite, but there is clearly a grassy/citrusy note that must be hops ... surely that isn't all yeast. holy crap is this good -- it's like a lemony dubbel; the fruit here is a mix of pear, apple, strawberries -- very sweet and light; candy orange with a lemon twist

F: if this isn't perfect, there's no such thing ... totally Belgian with a full-on blast of carbonation

O: better than I imagined, and I imagined it would be good ... a fantastic mix of sweet and tart notes with nothing overcoming anything else ... there's citrus notes, there's sweet fruit, there's even that pinch of grassiness -- more the flavor of hops than bitterness. a fantastic brew, so good I plan on revisiting this one often this summer (it seems perfect for hotter weather)

Premo88, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Radome
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is a medium straw color and just slightly cloudy. The head is mad of medium sized off-white bubbles and quickly fades to a ring around the glass. It could pass in appearance for an American Wheat just as easily as a Tripel.

S - The aroma is a fresh-smelling mix of lemon zest and floral hops. The malt doesn't really make its presence known in the aroma, but the oats and wheat are there in the background. The final note is an herbal, spicy one.

T - The taste is initially herbal and lemony. In the mid-palate I get some malt, wheat and oats, along with floral hops. The aftertaste is dry but includes earthy herbs I can't identify. Everything is clean and fresh tasting.

M - The body is moderate. There is a bit of carbonic bite from the carbonation. The hop bitterness is moderate, but higher than typical for a tripel. The alcohol is not apparent.

D - The overall experience is bright, fresh and clean. This is an older bottle and I have had even more tasty, presumably fresher, examples in Belgium. One of my favorite beers because of its swirling, complex flavors that still maintain balance, brightness and drinkability.

Radome, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet has a cloudy golden body with a huge, fluffy white head. The retention is great, and there is a little bit of nice lacing.

Smells very yeasty, with various light fruits and a touch of spice. Candied sugar and bready malts round out the aroma.

Tripel Karmeliet is a complex yet delicate beer. It manages to have a lot going on without being extremely powerful, and it is a very enjoyable beer. The star is the yeast, that adds a lot of fruit notes and hints of pepper or coriander. The fruit is light a sweet, apricots with hints of white grapes and apple. Candied sugar comes next, with bready malts rounding out the beer.

Mouthfeel is great. It is smooth and creamy with prickly carbonation.

Tripel Karmeliet is one of my favorite tripels. It is one of the few beers that I keep coming back to. It is light and refreshing, and has a complex profile that comes together very nicely.

Hojaminbag, May 22, 2008
Photo of mmcave
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured haphazardly into a chalice. This beer has a crazy aggressive head, which turns out looking wonderful. The body is a golden amber with tiny bubbles running from top to bottom maintaining the head. Smells of citrus, brown sugar, Belgian rock candy, apple, young banana and a tinge of spice. Tastes begins with a sweet citrus and candy flavor, then a slightly tart green apple and banana sensation and finishes with some alcohol warmth. This is a nice crisp tripel, not quit as bready as my favorites, but a nice tasty brew all the same.

mmcave, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When served in the appropriate glassware at Stubbie Shirt Pub in Gainesville, this beer is a majestic hazy golden in color with good lacing. Very nice looking. Aroma is very nice: fruity and spicy, with Belgian yeast characteristics, although perhaps not quite as appealing as St. Bernardus' tripel... Taste is along the same lines, fruit and spice, very light on the hops. Touch of vanilla, alcohol presence well-hidden. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation is good. Drinkability is high - a very good beer.

hunteraw, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy, light, bright white, bubbly head. The body is an orange, almost brown color with allot of action. The carbonation is obvious in this beauty.

S - Soapy, yet sweet. There's a real subtle caramel note as well.

T - Sweet malt with a smooth transition into a classic Belgian alcohol flavor. The finish is malty and tasty.

M - The start hits the tip of my tongue with a coarse knock on the door. As it moves to the back of my mouth it smooths out allowing the flavor to fill me. The finish is again coarse but begs for more.

~ This is a very enjoyable brew. It offers excellence from the "head" to the head. Which I might add, still lingers at the top of this tripel almost 15 minutes later.

cdkrenz, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warm day, swimming in the pool, and scarfing down pizza....time for a beer! 750 ml bottle shared with my friend, on to the beer:

Sundrop blonde color, a little hazy, with soapy suds on top the brew. Some retention here. The aroma brings joy to the nose. There is some refreshing citrus, but that is minor compared to the fruits and peaches I get. In the mouth, it is more joy. Freshly bought, jumbo colored bubblegum is the first thing to be tastred. The bubblegum sweeteness lightens up, though still sweet. Rolled oats, spicy, oranges, cream...mmmm, good. Very good. Bubbly and thick in the mouth, but gets a whisker lighter as its consumed. Mildly boozy and warming, but the affect looses intensity.

Oh my. I've had a number of chances to try this beer, but it wasn't until a late-night run at Total Wine last night which I decided to buy it. the wait is no more, and I am gald to have sampled it, and I'm happier to report I dig it.

DoubleJ, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of filabrazilia
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. The lace clings to the glass nicely.

A slightly spicy and fruity aroma greets the nose with a splash of olfactory delight.

This is a very sweet beer. The grains match the sweetness to create a wonderful balance in the mouth. There is a pronounced tart finish that leaves you wanting more.

The hops are evident in the feel--they grab the back of the tongue and counter the very sweet notes superbly. The carbonation delivers the texture of the beer in a rich liquid package.

This is a great beer that was a treat to consume. I have been drinking so many German style beers lately that I almost forgot how satisfying a good Tripel can be.

filabrazilia, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. Cloudy golden color with a small head... creamy foam on the surface of the beer.

A good bit of fruit on the aroma... pretty sweet but definitely the spices you expect from a Belgian ale are there. Inviting.

Very carbonated on first taste, with a beautiful blend of flavors. The herbal fragrances come out even more on the palate, and there is a touch of honey. I like it a lot.

I don't think this is my new favorite Tripel, but it's very good.

theboozecruise, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Really nice big Belgian-style head on top of a fizzy, slightly hazy, light straw colored body.

S- Really smells alot like beer(No shit, right?). Plenty of carbonation provides a fruity smell along with the yeast. Spices play a big role, almost to the extent you find in a Belgian Wit.

T- The flavor is lightly sweet and mostly alcoholic in a smooth, filtered sort-of way. The oats play some role in flavor, providing a doughy cake flavor. Light pinch of clean hops

M- Highly carbonated with those big bubbles you find in some belgian beers i.e. Duvel. The body is light but with a bit of a syrupy drag to it.

D- Very impressive beer with quite the presentation. Looks lovely in a Belgian tulip glass.

EnojysAnyBeer, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Digimaika2
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter shade of gold with a lovely tall billowing head. Slightly hazy appearance with some sediments floating about.

S: Crisp and fresh orchard fruits strong on the nose, including apples and pears. Spices including cloves and coriander. Faint earthy grains and yeast, but definitely more in the background. Aroma of pure and raw sugar and honey. Alcohol slightly present.

T: White grape and orchard fruits (apple & pear) upfront with a nice earthy-grainy taste that follows. Honey, pepper, and cloves present in well balanced amounts. Taste reminds me more of a high quality sparkling wine with the fruit components. Overall very pleasing with a refreshing clean taste. Little evidence, if any, of alcohol.

M: Slightly viscous/oily with about average carbonation for the style. Can't noticeably detect the sediments that showed up in the initial pour.

D: Fantastic Tripel. Easily one of my favourites. One of the most well balanced beverages I've tasted.

Digimaika2, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of tdawgydog
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received two bottles of Tripel Karmeliet from a friend as a Christmas gift. I was hesitant to drink it right away because I knew that it would be difficult to find if I wanted to purchase more. My first taste reminded me of a mix between a Hoegaarden and a Leffe Blonde. The beer pours great has an excellent body and feel and tastes full. At first you don't taste the alcohol but after a few glasses it starts to set in. I enjoyed this on a cold winter night while watching some hockey. I am planning a trip this weekend to go and purchase some more in time for SuperBowl. I am looking forward to trying other Bosteels brews such as Kwak and Deus. I will be sure to follow up when I do!

tdawgydog, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of wesleyhighley
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Should I have to introduce a white wine/champagne drinker to beer this might well be the beer of choice for me. This reminds me of Delirium Tremens, but with a hint of hefeweizen. Very effervescent and mildly hoppy, I could barely taste the 8% alcohol. This was a wonderful beer to follow something heavy - a good change of pace from the Ommegang that preceded it.

I approve and will likely purchase again.

wesleyhighley, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Kadonny
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green corked and caged 750 bottle into my Unibroue tulip glass. Bottle is about 6 months old.

A: A hazy golden color with a one finger nice fluffy head. Nice glass lacing and retention.

S: Fresh fruits with clove spices and yeasty bready smells. Sweetness comes across the nose with some slight spicy floral hops.

T: Great fruit flavors with pear, apple, banana, lemon and a spicy yeasty clove flavor. The sugar sweetness comes in the middle but dies down at the end with some spicy floral hops and some alcohol poking through. Not overly sweet but sweet enough. Very enjoyable finish with some sweet and tart flavors that linger. Very nice.

M: Full, coating, sweet and spicy with some alcohol that is very welcome.

D: I was surprised at how drinkable this was. Very enjoyable.

Overall this is an excellent tripel, probably the best one I've ever had. It's not too sweet but stays within the style with sweet and tart flavors. A true classic tripel that deserves a top spot in the category. Well done, I will no doubt enjoy more!

Kadonny, Jun 21, 2010
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,202 ratings.